107 Stunning Japan Facts

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1. In Japan, it is completely acceptable to name your child ?Buttocks? or ?Prostitute?!
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2. In Japan, it is common to use mayonnaise on pancakes.
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3. The United States ranks third in liking the United States, while Japan likes the U.S. the most, with Kenya a close second.
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4. The highest jump by a pig is 70cm (27.5in), achieved by pot-bellied pig Kotetsu at the Mokumoku Tedsukuri Farm, Japan.
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5. The US originally wanted to use exploding bats instead of the atomic bomb on Japan.
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6. Live lobsters are sold in vending machines in Japan.
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7. The average American produces 7.1 pounds of trash per day. The average Japanese? 2.5. #earthday
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8. More than 50,000 people in Japan are over 100 years old.
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9. The world’s oldest building is a Japanese hut built half a million years before the Great Pyramid.
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10. In Japan, it is illegal to name your baby Akuma, which means "devil."
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11. Two danish kids went on a backpack trip to japan with no plans, ended up stars in a Japanese tv-show.
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12. Canada is the most educated country in the world, followed by Israel and Japan.
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13. A king penguin in Japan was rescued and nursed back to life. He refused to leave, and now lives with the family.
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14. Watermelons can cost up to $100 in Japan.
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15. The Speechjammer is a Japanese device that stops people mid-sentence when they are talking.
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16. Japanese researchers have successfully developed a device that will be able to literally playback your dreams in video sequence.
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17. Japanese universities hold memorial services for animals that die in laboratory testing.
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18. Japan has twice as many bank holidays as the UK, including ‘Greenery Day’ and ‘Respect for the Aged Day’.
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19. Tama, the cat, is a manager of a train station in Japan.
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20. Japan has a legend that Jesus did not die on the cross, but traded places with someone else and ran from the authorities to live in Japan.
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21. Japan has a "Happy Monday System" in which public holidays are moved to Mondays, thus creating a 3-day weekend.
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22. In Japan, napping at work is viewed as fatigue from working hard and it is completely acceptable, employees fake it to look committed.
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23. In Japan they have horse meat, cactus, charcoal, and octopus flavored ice cream.
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24. In Japan, Ronald McDonald is called Donald McDonald due to a lack of a clear "r" sound in Japanese.
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25. The average U.S. farm has 467 acres; the average Japanese farm has 3 acres.
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26. In Japan 1997, after an intense episode of Pokemon aired, over 500 children were rushed to the hospital with seizures.
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27. Cow is a Japanese brand of shaving foam.
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28. According to a poll, Japanese citizens don't find Americans particularly honest or hardworking.
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29. If you commit suicide in Japan by jumping in front of a train, the family of the deceased will be charged a disruption fee.
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30. In 1960, Japanese Socialist Party chairman Inejiro Asanuma was assassinated during a televised debate. With a Samurai sword.
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31. In Japan, 20% of all publications sold are comic books.
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32. In Japan, Ronald McDonald is called Donald McDonald due to a lack of a clear 'r' sound in Japanese.
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33. A quarter of unmarried Japanese 30-year-olds are still virgins.
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34. You can buy green tea and soy sauce flavored Kit Kat in Japan.
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35. There are Cat Cafés in Japan and Taiwan where people can pay hourly to play with cats and have drinks.
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36. It is illegal to be fat in Japan; the maximum waistline size for anyone age 40 and older is 35.4 inches.
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37. There is a Japanese urban legend about a spirit who haunts public bathrooms and will ask you if you want red or blue toilet paper.
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38. It is illegal to be fat in Japan. Each male over 40-years-old must have a waistline smaller than 80cm and women, smaller than 90cm.
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39. Japan is the safest country in the world.
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40. The US and Japan have the worst average hours of sleep in the world.
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41. There is a hotel in Japan that has been run by the same family for 46 generations and nearly 1,300 years.
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42. The Japanese word tsundoku means buying books and not getting around to reading them.
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43. Bradley Cooper begged his father to send him to Japan until he was 21, so he could train to become a ninja.
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44. There are only four Japanese men, called "Takumi," that are allowed to assemble the engine and gearbox of the Nissan GT-R.
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45. There are mass crying events in Japan called "rui-katsu" ("tear-seeking") where people can watch sad film clips and cry together.
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46. George Washington is worshipped as a god by Japanese Shinto priests in Hawaii.
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47. The Japanese passenger who survived the titanic crash was marked as a coward by his country for not dying with the other passengers.
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48. In Japanese, there are at least 20 different ways to say "sorry."
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49. In Japan never leave chopsticks vertically in your food- in a restaurant it is seen as cursing the owner.
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50. In 1903 the Wright brothers flew for 59 seconds. 38 years later Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. 28 years after that, the US landed on the moon.
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51. AKB48, Japan’s largest pop group, has 89 members.
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52. A charity breast squeeze in Japan rewarded donations with the opportunity to squeeze a pair of breasts.
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53. Japan has a network of roads that play music as you drive over them at the correct speed.
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54. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Canada declared war on Japan before the U.S. did.
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55. Streets in Japan do not have names.
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56. Kit Kats are considered good luck in Japan.
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57. ‘Meh’ is the sound that Japanese sheep make.
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58. KFC Japan has created a fried chicken keyboard, mouse, and USB drive.
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59. Karoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese.
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60. The Japanese liquor, Mam, uses venomous snakes as one of its main engredients.
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61. The average Japanese farmer is 70 years old.
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62. Only one dog was ever registered as a Japanese prisoner of war.
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63. According to a Japanese poll in the year 2000, the Japanese believe that their best invention of the twentieth century was instant noodles.
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64. The Yakuza operate openly in Japan: they have offices, make charitable donations, and even have large investments in mainstream companies.
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65. Most Japanese people return lost items and take it very seriously.
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66. In Japan, they have lactation bars offering human breast milk--$18 gets you a shot and $46 gets you the nipple.
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67. In 1937, ukuleles were banned in Japan on the grounds that they ‘weakened young people’s will’.
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68. Japan's low birth rates have caused about 5,800 public schools to close between 2002 and 2013, since there are not enough kids to fill them.
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69. A popular street food in Japan is fried octopus balls.
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70. In Japan, it is considered good manners to slurp, smack, chew, and burp while eating. The louder, the better.
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71. There are giant hornets in Japan whose venom is so potent it can melt human flesh. *bzzz*
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72. It is illegal to be overweight in Japan.
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73. Japan has over 50,000 people that are over 100 years old.
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74. October 1 marks the start of sake brewing season in Japan and is designated International Sake Day.
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75. In Japan, you can buy octopus-flavoured ice cream.
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76. Clam Chowder flavored Doritos are sold only in Japan.
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77. In ancient Japan, warriors would smear toad grease all over their bodies with the belief it would make them puncture proof
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78. In Japan you can find fresh eggs, crepes, batteries, umbrellas and even underwear in vending machines.
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79. Japan voted Ramen noodles as their greatest 20th century invention – Pokémon was number 8.
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80. Tempura was introduced to Japan by Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century.
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81. In Japan, when someone gives you a business card, it is rude to put it in your pocket.
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82. Taking pictures of other people without permission is illegal in Japan – It IS legal to take pictures of people in public places in the US.
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83. Japan has just 2 gun-related homicides per year.
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84. People in Japan carry portable ashtrays to keep streets clean.
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85. Japan lifted the ban on women working past 10 PM in 1999.
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86. Japanese companies advertise on packs of tissues given out free at train stations, because the toilets there often don’t have loo paper.
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87. A spa house in Japan is now offering Ramen noodle baths.
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88. In Japan, tipping a server is seen as insulting.
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89. At one point in history, there were leopards in Taiwan, hippos in Italy, and gazelles in Japan.
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90. Emperor Hirohito’s final speech to the Japanese nation was the first time his subjects had ever heard his voice.
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91. There is a Japanese "Gotta Go Briefcase" that contains a portable toilet for busy businesspeople.
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92. In Japan only 2% of adoptions are of children: 98% are adult males aged 25 to 30.
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93. Luigi (of the Mario Bros.) has a name that is based upon the Japanese word "Ruigi," which means "similar."
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94. The number four is pronounced the same as the word death in Japan, thus the number is considered unlucky.
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95. Watermelons can cost up to $100 in Japan!
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96. In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.
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97. The Triforce from "Legend of Zelda" is modeled after the emblem of the Hōjō clan, a tremendously powerful family in 14th-century Japan.
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98. Hawaii moves toward Japan 4 inches every year.
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99. In Japan, they use more paper for comics than for toilet paper.
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100. A common form of public apology in Japan is shaving one’s head.
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101. To describe a situation when a girl looks good from the back but actually has butter face, Japanese use a term called Bakku-shan.
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102. Japan gives Sumo wrestlers iPads, since cell phones are too small for the wrestlers to text message with.
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103. In April 1971, the headmaster of a Japanese primary school found a new species of salamander in the school drains.
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104. A American dentist secretly drilled "Remember Pearl Harbor" in morse code, into the dentures of captured Japanese prime minister Hideki Tojo
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105. The Japanese population is so old that more adult diapers are sold each year than baby diapers.
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106. The literacy rate in Japan is almost 100%.
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107. In imperial Japan, high-born women peed standing-up so as not to crease their kimonos.

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